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Ericka Sheppard

This 16-year-old rookie poet has emerged from the challenging Tenderloin district of San Francisco. As she faces the world with a sassy, humorous outlook, Ericka views poetry as a way of coping with the struggles of being a teen.

Ericka is clear about her goal to make the Youth Speaks San Francisco team: "I'm going to DC. I 'm not trying to make nothing. I'm going to DC. I know I am."

Ericka explains, "I always had very low self-esteem. And I was watching kids and writing poetry. When I went to this competition last year the only thing that I thought I was good at was watching kids. I came back this year and I know I am ready. It is a passion. It is no longer a workshop; it is no longer a competition. This is something that you always have to have with you at all times."

Ericka's passion, candor and humor get her on the road to Brave New Voices.

 

Ericka Sheppard

Team San Francisco